HIRAM, Ohio – The Capital University men's soccer team fell 2-1 against Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) on Friday evening, as they competed in day one of the Hiram Tournament hosted by Hiram College.
Freshman forward Calvin Saunders (Clemmons, N.C.) posted the game's first goal in the 29th minute of play, giving Capital the lead midway through the first half of action.
Carnegie Mellon then responded 14 minutes later with a goal of its own, as the Tartans evened the score at one goal apiece heading into halftime.
At the half, Capital held an 8-5 advantage in shots over Carnegie Mellon, while the Crusaders also managed to tally six shots on goal in the opening frame.
As the second half of play got underway, both teams continued to trade shots on the offensive side of the ball, until the Tartans tallied the eventual game-winning score in the 67th minute.
The Crusaders managed to nearly tie the score at two goals apiece late in the second half, as a shot off the post by sophomore forward Cheyn Roux (Davidson, N.C.) in the 74th minute, followed by a shot off the crossbar by junior defender Hunter Booth (Liberty Township, Ohio) in the 84th minute were close attempts.
Capital unloaded one additional shot over the final six minutes of the game, but to no avail, as the Crusaders suffered their second loss of the season.
Leading the way for the Crusaders was Saunders, who scored his first goal of the season, while also leading the team with four shots on the night.
As a team, the Crusaders outshot the Tartans 14-12, while Carnegie Mellon led the game with eight shots on goal. A total of nine Capital players recorded at least one shot on the night.
With the loss, Capital (0-2 overall) will play St. John's Fisher College at Hiram on Saturday. The Cardinals lost to the host Terriers, 3-0. The Crusaders and Cardinals will kick off action at 4 p.m. Live statistics will be available.